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Cultural leaders join anti-COVID-19 crusade

By Samuel Lutwama

Added 26th March 2020 06:03 PM

The forum prays that the feeling of solidarity and pride will only be strengthened to prevail over the scare and spiritual disintegration that the COVID-19 has caused to the world.

Cultural leaders join anti-COVID-19 crusade

Bugwere King, Ikumbania John C. Wayabire demonstrates how to wear a mask as one of the protective tools from being exposed to COVID-19. Photo by Samuel Lutwama

The forum prays that the feeling of solidarity and pride will only be strengthened to prevail over the scare and spiritual disintegration that the COVID-19 has caused to the world.

KAMPALA - The kings and traditional leaders under their umbrella, Uganda Kings and Cultural Leaders Forum, have cautioned their subjects against undermining the anti-COVID-19 guidelines as set by the government.

Although the measures are sweeping, the leaders Wednesday said; "They are necessary as the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni mentioned in all his five addresses to our nation."

"I understand your distress at not being able to visit your loved ones, your mother, father, grandmother or grandfather in their care homes, but the safety of the country is key," John Wayabire, King of Bugwere and the chairperson of the forum, said.

Wayabire stressed the need by all Ugandans to remain assertive in the face of the pandemic.  He was however, quick to urge them to be compassionate to each other.

The forum indicated that the efforts being made by the country to fight the pandemic were exceptional.

They commended doctors, nurses and whoever is involved in the fight.

"You have rightly received a great deal of praise from people throughout the world. We are extremely proud of our healthcare workers and the entire medical sector.  Thousands of former healthcare professionals and other volunteers are coming forward to offer their help. That is fantastic," he said.

Wayabire appealed; "It's important that we continue to place our trust in them and follow all their instructions. Their one and only aim is to get us through this crisis together as best we can whilst minimizing the risks for those who are vulnerable."

The leaders added that diligent service to Ugandans is still being expected from those people in the logistics, supermarkets, the cleaning sector, ICT, education, childcare, public transport, the police, and many other fields.

"You are carrying us through this extremely difficult time. Without you, we simply can't manage. Thank you so much," he said.

On business, the leaders said; "our hearts go out to everyone who has deep concerns about whether their businesses will survive. Whether you are an export organization or self-employed, this will be hitting you hard. It's terrible to see all the years of love and hard work you put into your company suddenly endangered. The same applies to people working in the cultural sector, whose creative projects will now have been put on hold."

The forum prays that the feeling of solidarity and pride will only be strengthened to prevail over the scare and spiritual disintegration that the COVID-19 has caused to the world.

"2020 will be a year to remember, everyone will experience it differently. But I hope and believe that the feelings of solidarity and pride will prevail and bring us all closer, as we get through this most difficult of times together," he said.

Wayabire encouraged Ugandans; "Despite public life coming to a grinding halt, you must keep the heart of our society beating through being alert and working is solidarity and kindness. As long as we sustain these qualities, we will be able to tackle this crisis together, even if it lasts for some time." 

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